Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kerbau Road

Our next stop was Kerbau Road. For some of us, it was the first time hearing this name.

The scorching sun has clearly taken its toll on Wee Loon

Previously, we learnt that ‘Kerbau’ means ‘buffalo’ in Malay. This reflects the cattle trade in the area, where cattle was kept due to its accessibility to nearby slaughter houses as the former slaughter houses were located at the junction of Jalan Besar and Syed Alwi Road. Kerbau Road appeared on maps as Kerbau Lane in the 1890s and was also originally a part of Race Course Road. 

Can you spot the location where we were standing just now?

As cattle trading was a predominantly Indian trade, it had social consequences as mostly Indians resided  and worked in this area. The other street names like Buffalo Road, Kandang Kerbau and Lembu Roads also indicate the presence of cattle pens and cattle-related activities there.

A shop selling costume jewellery

A shop selling silk sarees

A shop selling picture-art

As we walked slowly along Kerbau Road, we were amazed by the many different kinds of colourful shops selling many varieties of items, from costume jewellery to exquisite silk sarees, eye-catching picture-art and many more. Some of us never knew that Buffalo Road and Kerbau Road could be so colourful and bustling with so many people, things and sights. All in all, I believe that we will be seeing and hearing more about this places soon.  


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